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Park must eradicate errors to beat Wanstead, says Wigham

PUBLISHED: 11:00 14 September 2018

Romford & Gidea Park head coach Jordan Wigham (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo).

Romford & Gidea Park head coach Jordan Wigham (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo).

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The two local rivals will do battle at Crow Lane in the London Two North East on Saturday

Romford & Gidea Park are hoping to get the better of Wanstead in the London Two North East this weekend and Jordan Wigham has told them what will be key.

The head coach at Crow Lane saw his young team lose 36-25 away to Saffron Walden last Saturday to begin the term with a defeat.

It was a frustrating result for Park, especially as they went 25-22 ahead at the start of the second period, and they are desperate to bounce back against the Herons.

But Wigham warned: “They had a good result at the weekend and I expect they will bring a very strong side to Crow Lane.

“They have some excellent players and will want to win the game, so we must eradicate errors and outwork the opposition if we are to win.”

While Park kicked off the new campaign with a loss, Wanstead thrashed South Woodham Ferrers 50-10 last weekend.

It puts the Herons second after one round of matches, but despite this, Wigham wants his Romford team to claim bragging rights.

The previous meeting between the rivals saw a thrilling 29-29 draw take place at Crow Lane on February 3.

Romford’s form on home soil was generally strong last season, but they did end the term there with back-to-back defeats against Cantabrigian and Norwich.

Therefore Wigham wants to see his side return to winning ways at Crow Lane on Saturday and again make it a difficult venue for opponents to visit.

He added: “We have spoke about making our home a fortress and we know we have to step up to the mark if we want to achieve that.”

Park produced a strong showing at Saffron Walden last time out, but couldn’t build on a solid first half foundation.

The visitors crossed over three times in the opening 40 minutes and grabbed a fourth try at the start of the second period.

It was their last score of the day though, as Walden moved through the gears and secured the win, but Park did at least head back down the M11 with a point.

Wigham added: “It was a good performance, but we lost the game through a couple errors and that’s the difference between winning and losing at this level.

“We have a very young team and some of the decisions we made at times showed a bit of immaturity, but lessons will be learnt and we will grow and not make the same mistakes again.”

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